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wintergirl Feb 7th, 2007 01:08 PM

Rome or Tuscany
This is my first visit to Italy (April)- so of course, i can't decide where to go...should I do the Tuscany Region or Rome/Florence areas??? and if i do Rome and Florence, should I go to Venice or any other areas???

SusanP Feb 7th, 2007 01:19 PM

Well, Florence is IN Tuscany.
What are your interests? Countryside? Cities? Museums? Churches? Food? Shopping? Nobody can give you advice without more input.

Cimbrone Feb 7th, 2007 01:20 PM

Hi Wintergirl. I think you're confused about Italian geography. Florence is in Tuscany. A better question would be "Rome/Amalfi Coast or Florence/Tuscany?" Depending on how long you'll be there, you might want to do it all. How long will you be there? Also, what are your main interests? Do you like cities or countryside or both?

kfusto Feb 7th, 2007 01:20 PM

Florence is in Tuscany :)

How many days do you have? I do not like to blow through places on my way to somewhere else. Rome and Florence are easily worth a week or more each, IMO, and having been to both many times, I have never gotten over my passion for either.

The "big three" are Rome, Florence and Venice and many do these the first time around.

wintergirl Feb 7th, 2007 01:31 PM

i am a little confused...I would defianely like to see many sights, museums, good food and good shopping...would I be able to do both Rome/Amalfi Coast and Florence/Tuscany in 8 days? I am flying from Philadelphia. Any thoughts on a good itinarary?

ira Feb 7th, 2007 01:41 PM

Hi W,

I shall unconfuse you. :)

With 8 days:

Venice and Florence (daytrip to Siena)

Venice and Tuscan countryside.

Florence and Tuscan countryside.

Venice and Rome.

I think that early April is much too early for the AC or the Cinque Terre. End of April is iffy.


Cimbrone Feb 7th, 2007 06:44 PM

I just want to make sure you realize that Ira is proposing 4 different itineraries.

Another option, assuming that getting out into the countryside is not a priority, is the classic tourist circuit: Venice, Florence, Rome. It's good deal more rushed than what Ira proposes, but it's doable.

I agree that it may be early for the Amalfi Coast in April. However, I've been to Lake Como at that time of year, and it's been terrific. You could substitute one of the cities I mentioned above with that if you want some gorgeous natural scenery.

ira Feb 8th, 2007 03:48 AM

Thank you, C.

I should have put in some "or"s.


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